Southern Baptists Set to Elect Luter as 1st Black President

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The man poised to become the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention comes from humble beginnings in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.

The Rev. Fred Luter, Jr., is the founder of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, which he built from a struggling inner-city church into a multi-branch megachurch with a following of thousands.

When the nation's largest Protestant denomination has its annual meeting next week in New Orleans, Luter will likely be elected to the top position. He currently has no declared opponents.

It's a big step for a denomination that was formed out of a pre-Civil War split with northern Baptists over slavery and for much of the last century had a reputation for supporting segregation in worship.

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  • by Shakin my head on Jun 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
    If it weren't for the appearance of suspicious motives, this would be great. The name change, rolling Luter around like they are saying "Look! We really like Black folks, too." (Remember Herman Cain and Michael Steele?)this would be ok with me. A non-issue. The SBC, if nothing else are very skilled marketers. They changed the name of the book stores to Lifeway, trying to get away from the Baptist only market. (BTW, Lifeway makes about 600 million a year in not for profit profits.) So change the name, parade your banners around with Luter, use all the other brilliant ideas out of Nashville, then continue to slide. Jesus didn't need no gimmickry. What makes us think we do?
  • by terry Location: neshoba on Jun 14, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    what is the world coming to.we have 1 black PRESIDENT thats not worth a crap!!!! Lets hope this 1 will be a lot better
  • by CBagger Location: MS on Jun 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    Segregation at Worship. How Christian. How about all you SB get out your Bibles and check out Mark 12:30-31? Go thump your Bibles to your annual meeting where the hotel bar is empty but room service is hoppin'. LOL
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